Psst! You Still Here??? (A Long Overdue Update)

in Personal Musings / Travel
cheeky monkey sailing turf to surf

Looking at the date of my last post, I have not written anything on Turf to Surf for two and a half years. What?! TWO AND A HALF YEARS?!

That sounds about right, actually. I kind of feel like I’m just waking up from a coma.

In any case, I apologize for disappearing so abruptly and without explanation (apart from this post on Facebook). When my life took a drastic U-turn a few years ago, I found myself suddenly without a boat, a family, or ownership of this blog, where I’ve been writing about my sailing and travel adventures since 2012.

Side note: If you want to know more about what happened, you can read about it here –  Believe: A New Chapter. I have created a new site called Tasha’s Turf (, where I write about things much broader than sailing and travel – life changes, my on-going projects (one of which is writing a book) and things that are generally more life-related, rather than just sailing and travel-related.

One of the reasons for building another site was to motivate me to get back to writing, especially since ownership of this site has been in dispute since the start of my divorce proceedings two years ago.

But as the long, arduous (not to mention, expensive) process of getting divorced is finally coming to a close, I am finding my feet again, and starting to come out of hiding.

For most of the last two years, I’ve been hibernating up in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, trying to heal. When I left s/v Cheeky Monkey in Tahiti, after my marriage fell apart, I think I just wanted to do the opposite of sailing and living on a boat. And skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking seemed like just the thing to make me forget my past life on the high seas for a while.

tasha turf to surf skiing

From surf to turf: the mountains are my current playground.

But I haven’t stayed away from boats entirely. In fact, I’ve been slowing dipping my toes back in the water, checking to see if I still like it.

And it turns out, I do! In the last two years, I’ve sailed with friends from the Bahamas to Cuba, then on to Jamaica. I’ve raced boats in the Caribbean. And I studied for and passed my exams for my US Coast Guard Captain’s License.

Little by little, over the past two years, I’ve taken baby steps towards becoming the captain of my own ship, both literally and metaphorically. And I have some exciting plans on that front, which I will be writing about here.

Most recently, I was invited down to Sint Maarten to do media coverage for the Heineken Regatta, which turned out to be an incredible week of sailing, photographing racing yachts, meeting some amazing boaters and writers, and catching up with many friends who have been cruising in the Caribbean and all over the world since I last saw them. It was just the thing I needed to remind me how much I love the sailing community, and how much I’ve missed my boating life.

turf to surf heineken regatta st maarten

Not a hard job, capturing the beauty of St. Maarten during the Heineken Regatta.

And now that I’ve earned the official title of “Captain Tasha,” I have plans…oh, do I have plans!

I’ll be posting about all of that, including stories about my week at the Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten here on Turf to Surf.

But I thought it would be weird to just pop up here, after two and a half years of silence, telling stories of my sailing exploits as though nothing happened. Because a LOT has happened. And a lot of it was too difficult for me to write about for a very long time.

So I’m here to let you know, “I’m baaaaack!”

Keep an eye on this page, as well as Turf to Surf Facebook and @turftosurf Instagram, if you’re still interested in following along on my sailing and travel adventures.

And with that little update, I’m signing off to that tune by Chumbawumba… “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…”

tasha turf to surf sailing blog

Thank you, all, for your patience – the last 2 years hasn’t exactly been rainbows and piña coladas.

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  • Nic March 14, 2019, 9:47 pm

    You’ve been an insperation to sooo many people & don’t know it! The adventures of Cheeky Monkey led to Delos whom both opened our minds to the world. My 22yo daughter is moving to Japan to study in her Senior year of University. I like to think all those years ago when I canceled my Cable account & turned to YouTube for family entertainment we found you ever so enthusiastic about Blue Footed Boobies……planted the seed of adventure & Education in my daughter. 🤙❤️

  • Lynsey Ray March 14, 2019, 10:43 pm

    I’m sorry for the personal challenges you’ve experienced over the last few years. Whenever I feel beat up, I remind myself what does not kill us make us stronger. Congratulations Tasha on your return to the blogosphere and looking forward to following your new adventures!

  • Michel Guay March 14, 2019, 11:51 pm

    I’m glad you’ve checked back in. I can’t believe it has been more than 2 years already. Congratulations on your captain’s license. As I mentioned in Instagram, you had to move on to other things (next chapter) and I look forward to hearing more from that high spirited woman.

  • Robyn March 15, 2019, 4:14 am

    Welcome back! I’m looking forward to the stories of your new adventures.

  • Lauren March 15, 2019, 1:33 pm

    Tasha!!!! I’m so glad you’re feeling happier and that you’re back to writing. I dropped everything when I saw Turf to Surf in my inbox! Fair winds and I can’t wait to read about your next adventure. You go girl.

  • Russell March 16, 2019, 7:02 pm


    I’m glad you got your captain’s license. I’m studying for mine.
    I’m also glad that you are recovering from a dramatic blow to your life.

    Keep strong – Keep going – Keep smiling : )

  • Marie-Claire March 18, 2019, 12:48 pm

    Glad to see this post… Well done on everything, congrats on getting back on your feet, it must have been so harsh to go through.
    I a now in France healing from hurricane Irma, when into panic, my mind literally accepted myself and my children were to die. I suppose that kind of experiences just grows us stronger. No way I’ll go back to living in the Caribbean I am afraid 🙁
    Keep up the good work and being your usual sincere self!

  • Glen March 19, 2019, 4:59 am

    Great to hear you are on track and getting stuck into living life again. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your goofy smile and infectious zest for living. Take care and stay safe.

  • Laurence March 21, 2019, 4:13 pm

    Thanks, for posting, I poke at seemingly abandoned blogs about once a year, and this is why. Where I live divorce is rampant, partly due to affluence making it more feasible but also different directions seem to be more frequent. I read a comment from a local counselor who said “the women change and the men don’t”

  • Mike on S/V Gratitude April 19, 2019, 8:46 pm

    Glad you’re back. Thank you for sharing your adventures – both the ups and downs.

  • David smith May 7, 2019, 9:11 pm

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Except bears. Bears will kill you. And sometimes sharks.

  • FatCatAnna June 16, 2019, 3:36 pm

    So happy to see you’re sorting through the horrible mess of divorce. Onwards and upwards I say!!! Hopefully we’ll be in the Bahamas this winter, if I can find away to take time off from work … but F*UCK it … I’m going to do it!!!

  • Manuel September 5, 2019, 3:11 pm

    Are you finally back? Remember that you have to come to one of the best Surf Camp in Morocco! 5 star rating. We are waiting for you at Blue Waves Morocco!

  • Karen Doane October 19, 2019, 5:33 pm

    Whoo Hoo! Captain Tasha! Sounds pretty special 🙂


    It was so great to finally meet you in person at the Annapolis Boat Show! I would so love to sail with you ladies in January, but family travel plans and obligations kept me from applying. Please, please schedule another sail in the near future for us sailors left behind!!

    I so look forward to reading your posts…your writing is amazing, fun and fresh! You have been through so much but you are a fighter and now you are even stronger and have your confidence back! You truly are an inspiration to me and so many others.

    My husband and I are planning our first adventure on our Island Packet 40 in February to the Bahamas…after that…who knows!!

    Karen Doane
    ~SV Southern Cross

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